New Documentary on Graff and Street Art Grrlz: “Street Heroines”

Because I'm a mother of a beautiful amazing brilliant small child, sometimes I miss the other stuff going on in life. But don't get it twisted, I'm still down! 😉 Last night was one of those times, but luckily because Pau is painting at SUNY New Paltz this week (and on a panel today with me!), I … Continue reading New Documentary on Graff and Street Art Grrlz: “Street Heroines”

Know Your Herstory: CatFight Digital Zine

So I'm in the middle of writing a new chapter for Graffiti Grrlz: Performing Feminism in the Hip Hop Diaspora based on two old ones (from my dissertation) and I realized two things: 1) I'm writing about how performances of feminism circulate online and my blog has been woefully neglected (my bad! writing a book, teaching, and … Continue reading Know Your Herstory: CatFight Digital Zine

From the Archives: An interview with hemispheric graffitera MISS163

[written Summer 2013] No Somos “Mariposas,” Somos “MariPUSSY”: An Interview with Graffiti Art Activist MISS163 aka Sharon Lee De La Cruz. Walking through the streets of New York City you are bound to note the graffiti-covered buildings, bridges, and tunnels. You may ask yourself “how,” but have you ever wondered: “why” or “who?” Approximately 28 … Continue reading From the Archives: An interview with hemispheric graffitera MISS163

Hanging out in a dirty tunnel…getting in touch with the “Erotic” (a la Lorde)

Some people go to the gym, some people do needlepoint, this is what I do…I hang out in dirty tunnels and I like it. ~Itsa, 2015 When I speak of the erotic, then, I speak of it as an assertion of the life force of women; of that creative energy empowered, the knowledge and use of … Continue reading Hanging out in a dirty tunnel…getting in touch with the “Erotic” (a la Lorde)

Go See City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection

About 3 weeks ago I was back in New York City for a handful of days, thoroughly enjoying the dark skies, slushy snow, and freezing wind. What can I say? I'm a winter baby. I had a short list of critical TO DO's for my visit: 1. eat any and all Latin American food (things like tostones … Continue reading Go See City as Canvas: Graffiti Art from the Martin Wong Collection

Notes on 5Pointz: Feelings, Responses, and the Desire to “Save”

Just before 7PM on Tuesday November 19th (Abu Dhabi time), I glanced down at my phone to get my social networking “fix” before class. I scanned the latest tweets and status updates. And there it was: Rage. Disbelief. Shock. Sadness. I went through each “stage of mourning” in about 60 seconds. Trying to explain to … Continue reading Notes on 5Pointz: Feelings, Responses, and the Desire to “Save”

Ruby Bridges Walks, a Public Art Series by Miss163 in the Bronx.

Just thought you outta know about Miss163's latest project, funded by the DOT's Urban Arts Program. You can peep it on Hunts Point ave, passing the Bruckner Expressway.  I've been working with the image of Ruby Bridges because I feel that communities of color  need to analyze and take note of how she was used … Continue reading Ruby Bridges Walks, a Public Art Series by Miss163 in the Bronx.

“Wild Thing” Artwork by Sharon Lee de la Cruz aka MISS163 Opens Tonight!

If you're in NYC tonight, swing through the opening at bOb!! bOb Bar is pleased to present Wild Thing, an exhibition of work by graffiti artist MS163. Please join us for an opening reception on Wednesday, July 3rd to meet the artist and celebrate her work. In MS163’s series Wild Thing, the fictional yet familiar character … Continue reading “Wild Thing” Artwork by Sharon Lee de la Cruz aka MISS163 Opens Tonight!

Interview with Chock GOT

I have some EXCITING NEWS!! The Girls on Top (the UK’s first all-female graffiti crew) are coming to NYC for group exhibition at bob bar this MAY (see bob bar page)!!! So, to hype you all up for the show, I thought I’d share an interview I did with Chock—one of the crew’s founders—in April. … Continue reading Interview with Chock GOT

HomeGirls artworks by Abby online store is up!

I hope you'll take the time to visit http://www.abbygraff.com and then buy a canvas or print for your collection, or for your favorite hip hop fanatic. Truly is money well spent. HOMEGIRLS artwork by Abby A Queens, New York native, Abby is a visual artist with roots in the early ‘80s graffiti art scene at … Continue reading HomeGirls artworks by Abby online store is up!